Environmental Groups Pressure EPA to Release Important Documents on Coal-Fired Power Plants in Texas
February 23, 2011
On February 23, 2011, Sierra Club and Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to compel the agency to disclose important documents related to Luminant Corporation’s fleet of coal-fired power plants in Texas.
The lawsuit, filed under the Freedom of Information Act, alleges that EPA is withholding information that will reveal Clean Air Act violations at one or more of Luminant’s five coal-fired power plants in Texas. Sierra Club and EIP initially requested the documents in February 2010. While EPA has responded to part of the environmental groups’ request, it has delayed the release of approximately 350,000 pages of information to investigate Luminant’s claim that the documents contain confidential business information. Texas is home to 19 coal-fired power plants, more than any other state in the nation. The documents contain critical information on the Luminant coal plants’ air pollutant emissions that, if released, would allow Sierra Club and EIP to assess ways to continue to protect public health in the region.
Details and Documents:
Enviro groups sue EPA for Texas coal plant documents
February 25, 2011, Greenwire
Groups sue EPA for documents on Texas power plants
February 24, 2011 by Angela K. Brown, The Associated Press
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